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Abu Dhabi GP: Rosberg clinches pole, Vettel out in Q1



Abu Dhabi GP: Hamilton clinches pole, Vettel out in Q1

Abu Dhabi GP: Rosberg clinches pole, Vettel out in Q1

Nico Rosberg has clinched pole position for the season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel makes shock exit in Q1 on Saturday.

Rosberg claims sixth consecutive pole position; world champion Lewis Hamilton beaten by almost four tenths, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen well managed an improved final lap to beat Force India’s Sergio Perez to third place by just over a tenth of a second.

“Rosberg’s engine has done over 3600km, whereas Hamilton’s has only done 1600km,” Sky Sports’ journalist Ted Kravitz reports.

Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas of Williams. Nico Huelkenberg was seventh in the other Force India while Felipe Massa (Williams), Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) and Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) completed the top 10.

The second qualifying session ended the hopes of Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso), Jenson Button (McLaren), Pastor Maldonado (Lotus), Felipe Nasr (Sauber) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus), who failed to set a time due to a gearbox problem.

Out in Q1: Roberto Merhi, Will Stevens, Marcus Ericsson, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

The biggest shocks came in Q1 as four-time world champion Vettel failed to finish in the top 15.

The footage shows that — Vettel apparently suffered a loss of power or gear box problem – the German downshifted and it sounds like something might have gone wrong at the end of the straight, Ferrari still not reported any trouble with Vettel’s machine.

“There were no issues with the car,” Vettel said in a television interview. “We thought we had enough to get to Q2 but we were wrong”

A puncture for Fernando Alonso in the other McLaren eliminated the Spaniard in 17th.


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